A few tips on how I conducted each activity!
Thank you for looking through my store and settling on the novel study of The Cookie Fiasco! I wanted to give you some ideas on how I used each activity, but please feel free to use the activities in any way that you see fit.
The following activities are focused on the book The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat and Mo Willems. If you have any questions please let me know.
(1) Word Detective: I began the novel study with this page. After an introduction, the class discussed what the word fiasco meant. They then looked up the word on the beginner’s sections of wordsmyth.net. This gave the students foundational knowledge, since the word is used often throughout the book.
(2) Book Investigation: This page is also used prior to reading the text. The students make predictions based on a note that the author provides in the inside front cover of the story.
(3) Character Emotions: I pair this activity with the characterization pages. We discuss emotions, and how the other animals would feel when Hippo began breaking all of the cookies. The students then get to create an emoji based on the word that they select from the chart.
(4) Characterization: There are three separate pages for this activity. I set the students up in different groups for each animal. They then work together to find all of the information prior to moving back into a whole group setting. There is a page for Hippo, Croc, and Squirrels. The information that the students have to find out about each animal are their physical traits, actions, emotions, and quotes.
(5) Figurative Language: This activity pairs nicely with the mentor text. I added this page on onomatopoeias because Dan Santat uses them often throughout the story. It makes it easier for the students to use them in the next activity.
(6) Mentor Text: The mentor focuses on three writing styles that Dan Santat uses in his stories. First, using bubbles to let the audience know who is speaking. Next, the use of all capitals to show the mood of the characters. Finally, the use of onomatopoeias throughout the entirety of the story. The students will have the opportunity to make what they think will happen on the next page of the story.
(7) Sharing Ideas: The next activity investigates the various ideas that the characters have about sharing the three cookies. The students have the opportunity to reflect on the ideas, then they can come up with their own action plan.
(8) Sequence of Events: A basic comprehension page that the students can use to illustrate three important events that occur during the story.